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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Why Wait Till Tomorrow

Notes: Why Wait Till Tomorrow 
Christian Hosoi
Shine - Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa
April 7, 2016

2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT
[2] For God says, "At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you." Indeed, the "right time" is now. Today is the day of salvation.

The Bible says today is the day of salvation. Accept God today because tomorrow is not promised.

Christian has been saved and sober for 16 1/2 years. Before he was a believer no one ever spoke to him about Jesus.

He was in prison for 2 weeks before he accepted Christ, he had a 5 year sentence.

He said he was in a prison cell for the beginning of his life, he was set free that day he accepted Christ.

Why do people struggle? They struggle because the struggle is real.

How hard is it to decide on Heaven or Hell? It should be easy. But whatever you feed is stronger. If you feed the flesh, it's stronger than the spirit.

Most people negotiate with Gods word. We negotiate privately with God. 

Sin will always take you further than you want to go. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, would you give your life tonight.

Romans 6:23 NLT
[23] For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

How much sin is too much sin to God. The answer is black and white, yes and no.

The Holy Spirit guides you into truth when you are saved.

We can either honor God or give in to sin.

We are in a battle to fight the good fight in faith.

Christian was super competitive, he wondered if you can be the best Christian. He would try to pray to be the best in a humble way.

The wages of sin is death, the contract of sin is very clear.

The real relationship with God is in our love and obedience. It's not a list of rules.

Why do I obey God? Because I love Him.

John 14:15 NLT
[15] "If you love me, obey my commandments.

To say you obey God is almost a trick question. It's really hard to do.

There is no condemnation for those that are in Christ.

Being an example of a changed life is so important. Saying something sometimes blows it. We just need to show up and be sincere.

There is a purpose to all of us, whether we think about it or not. Peoples eternal life are attached to us whether we like it or not.

John 14:15 NLT
[15] "If you love me, obey my commandments.

Why should we do this? Because God loves us first.

We should be free from legalism. It's a relationship not a job.

Life is a test of faith.

Matthew 6:33 NLT
[33] Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

When we seek first the kingdom, all the other things will be added.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
[5] Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. [6] Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.

If you don't take a step, how can God control your steps? You can't steer a parked car.

Four things to fight the good fight:

1. Faith
Romans 10:17 NLT
[17] So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Someone who believes in Christ.

2. The local church 

That is where you hear the Word of God.

You don't hear the Word on the street.

Hebrews 11:6 NLT
[6] And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek him.

3. You must believe

Jesus Christ is God, you must believe.

John 14:6 NLT
[6] Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

There is no negotiating with that.

4. We have to diligently seek Him.

That's being in the word, in prayer, in Church.

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
[11] For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Don't ever take for granted the situation you are in. God is thinking about you. 

You can't try to love God...that's an out for failure. You just have to do it!

Why turn down a deal to an eternal lifetime?

Matthew 28:19 NLT
[19] Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

James 1:12-15 NLT
[12] God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. [13] And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, "God is tempting me." God is never tempted to do wrong, and He never tempts anyone else. [14] Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. [15] These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

James 1:21-25 NKJV
[21] Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. [22] But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. [23] For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; [24] for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. [25] But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

I want to be blessed in what I do!

Heed the voice of God. Meet the conditions and reap the promise.

Matthew 24:13 NKJV
[13] But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

Grace is a power word. Grace is a verb. You have overcome your (fill in the blank with your issue) because of the Grace of God.

It gets easy if you do what God tells you to do. It's in the long haul that it gets easy.

2 Corinthians 6:2 NKJV
[2] For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

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